Plantar Wart Treatment With Lasers - Serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area

At Beaver Valley Foot Clinic we offer Laser wart removal which is a kid friendly alternative to painful scarier options. Laser treatment for warts is well tolerated by even very small children (and big babies!). Combined with special acid to treat warts, the treatment time is cut down considerable.

For those busy patients who don’t have time for multiple treatments we have the one and done option. This entails the light numbing and surgical removal of warts all in a few minutes.

Plantar warts, also known as Verruca Plantaris, are small growths on the foot that develop after the skin is infected by a virus. They are a common viral skin infection generally located on the bottom side of your foot, also known as verrucca planteris or plantar warts, for which they are named. Plantar warts occur most commonly in children, adolescents, and the elderly, and approximately seven to ten percent of the general population suffer from plantar warts or a similar condition.

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SWIFT microwave process

The Swift® System: a revolutionary new approach to wart removal.

Warts, also known as verrucae, remain one of the most treatment-resistant conditions commonly seen by podiatrists. Treatments currently in use include uncomfortable cryotherapy and heat-based cautery. Both can cause unintentional damage to nearby healthy tissue, and in a substantial number of cases the warts return.

Topical acid solutions are another frequently encountered treatment option. These come in prescription and over the counter formulations. The stronger prescription topicals can be effective if used as directed, typically for weeks or months. Non-prescription varieties are almost completely ineffective.

Swift® Microwave Technology offers a welcome breakthrough which benefits both patients and physicians. It’s fast, efficient, and scalable to even the most high-volume practices. The Swift® System’s features and benefits include:

Convenience—Swift® treatment times are considerably shorter than competing technologies.

Consistency—the Microwave energy used to generate heat during a Swift® treatment can be controlled with extreme precision. Treatments never vary.

Cleanliness—the non-ablative heat produced by the Swift® System never produces smoke. Our disposable applicator covers are easily changed between patients, eliminating the need for sterilization.

Confidence—a growing body of research and clinical evidence support the effectiveness of Swift® Microwave technology.

No dressings—the Microwave energy used during treatment does not break or otherwise damage the skin. Sterile dressings may be applied but are not necessary.

No anesthetics—treatments such as cryotherapy and cautery are intensely painful and require local anesthetics such as Lidocaine. In comparison, Swift® treatments are often described as mildly uncomfortable for a period of about 2 seconds. Normal activities can begin immediately after treatment.

No contraindications—the Microwave energy used during treatments is non-ionizing. This means that it’s completely safe for all patients.

Only minimal debridement—more invasive options sometimes require a high degree of lesion reduction prior to treatment. Only superficial debridement is needed to facilitate contact with the applicator head, and the Swift® generator does the rest. This not only enhances patient comfort but speeds treatment time as well.

How to Prevent Warts

In addition to being painful, warts can also be unsightly and embarrassing. While treatments have come a long way in recent years, I think we would all agree that we’d prefer not to get one in the first place. You can significantly reduce the probability that you contract one by following a few simple guidelines.

  • Cover your feet when in areas where the human papillomavirus (HPV) commonly breeds. HPV likes warm wet places like gym showers and indoor pool decks.
  • Fully dry off your feet before putting on socks or sandals.
  • Wash your feet well when showering or bathing.
  • Change into clean, dry socks everyday and whenever the ones you’re wearing get wet.
  • If you have a wart, don’t use the same equipment that you used on your wart on your healthy skin. For example bandages or emery boards.


Contact The Beaver Valley Foot Clinic by calling (878) 313-3338 for additional information or to schedule an appointment. You can also find information on our website